02 December 2016

Wants And Needs


In our Kindergarten Social Studies Core one standard states that students will:
Recognize that people have basic needs (food, shelter, and clothing) and wants (toys, games, treats).
A:  Identify the difference between basic wants and needs.
B:  Explain that families have needs and wants.
C:  Describe how basic human needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing, can be met.

We have been talking about these basic needs and how many of the things children think they "need" are really "wants".  To go along with the core standard we also discussed how those basic needs can be met through various types of jobs.  Students learned through a book called, Everybody Works, that we all have jobs to do to help our families.

We read a picture book called, Crispin:  The Pig Who Had It All in which a pig who has lots of toys realized that what he really wants are good friends who care about him and want to spend time with him.  Students discussed how it is more important to love and care for each other and be a good friend than to have a lot of "things".

29 November 2016

SEP Conferences


Thursday, December 1st and Friday morning, December 2nd we will be holding parent conferences.  Watch for an email reminding you of your scheduled conference time.  Please contact the front office if your time needs to be changed.  Reminder:  There will be no AM Kindergarten on the 2nd due to our SEP conferences.  We look forward to meeting with all of you to share the great gains your child has made so far this year.  Thank you for your support!

22 November 2016

Corn And Popcorn

 To celebrate this harvest time of year we spent time doing reading, math, science, art and writing activities relating to corn and popcorn.  Students made their own patterned Indian corn to practice a variety of patterns.

We reviewed the use of our five senses by air popping some popcorn.  Students were able to smell the popcorn as it popped, listen to the kernels as they were dumped in the machine and compare that sound to the popping sound.  Of course they were able to see the popcorn and the best part of all we tasted it!

Together the class wrote the steps of "how to" pop popcorn.  First we listed all of the things needed to make popcorn and then wrote the steps of what to do to make the popcorn.  Conducting a science experiment using the scientific process was a lot of fun.  Students were able to ask a question, form a hypothesis, conduct the experiment and form a conclusion.

We also spent some time reading about and discussing the National holiday of Thanksgiving.  Enjoy your break!

18 November 2016

Thanksgiving

During this time of year we have been learning a bit about our national holiday of Thanksgiving.  We shared the book, Thank You, Sarah.  This book tells about the persistent efforts of Sarah Hale to convince the President of the United States of the importance of making Thanksgiving a national holiday.  Students participated in creating a class chart and an individual page outlining some of the qualities that Sarah had in order to achieve her goal.  

We also have had many discussions about gratitude and being thankful.  We read about Squanto and how he helped the pilgrims plant corn and survive in a new land.  The legend of the five kernels of corn helped us learn to be thankful for beauty all around, the love of our families, to be happy with all we have, the help of our friends, and of the free country in which we live.  We each had the opportunity to write a thank you letter to someone we love.

11 November 2016

Fall Fun

We have been sharing "enormous" books this week which include:  The Enormous Watermelon, The Enormous Carrot, Big Pumpkin, The Enormous Potato, and The Enormous Turnip.  Students were able to discuss and identify the characters, setting, problem and resolution in each of the stories.  We also brainstormed other words that mean "enormous" such as gigantic, large, huge, humongous, big, and massive.

During our study of the fall season we read and discussed squirrels.  We have read fiction and nonfiction books about squirrels and have completed science and math activities related to squirrels.  Students had the opportunity to be like squirrels and hide their own cache of "nuts" in the classroom.  At the end of the day they tried to find all of the "nuts" they hid.  Just like squirrels some students had a hard time remembering where nuts were!

Scaredy Squirrel has become one of our favorite book characters.  This book helped talk about some character education topics such as being brave and making friends.  The squirrel in the book also makes a written plan of things to do just like the how to writing we will be working on during independent writing time.

We are still working on handwriting of numbers through 10 and letters f, k, o, w, and z.  Practice phonemic awareness skills of being able to identify beginning sounds of words and blending phonemes (individual sounds) together.

Next month students will need to pass off rote counting to 100 and counting objects to 20.  Please practice these skills at home with your child.  We have also been working on developing our number sense by focusing on a number and finding all the ways to build that number or all of the combinations to make that number.  Such as, 5 can be 1 and 4; 2 and 3; 0 and 5; 4 and 1 or 3 and 2.

Reminder:
November 23-25: Thanksgiving Holiday - NO School


04 November 2016

Four Seasons

We have been reading and learning about the four seasons of the year. We have been able to read several fact books about the four seasons and learn about what happens in each season. We also have learned and discussed what the weather is like in each season, what we wear in each season and what animals do in the different seasons. Students have been doing a great job of using their reading strategies to help them gather information from the books we have read.

We have also focused a lot on the difference between facts and opinions. Students should be able to tell you what a fact is and what an opinion is. At home talk with your child and help them share their opinion about a fact you have heard.  We focused on the fall season and identified facts about the fall season and our opinions about the fall season.

At school we have been busy building repeating patterns with blocks, pictures, and tiles. We have worked on simple patterns such as AB, ABB, AAB, and ABC. Use a variety of objects, movements, and sounds to create patterns with your child. Ask your child to define "repeating pattern" and they should be able to tell you that a pattern is something that repeats or goes over and over again and you can tell what comes next.

We have continued handwriting practice and have worked on handwriting of the following letters: a, d, g, h, t, x, b, i, l, p, s and f and the numerals 0-9.  Remind your child of the correct formation of these letters as he/she practices writing.  Thank you for continuing practicing handwriting on the homework with your child.

Please continue working on blending beginning of words to the end of the word with your child.  For example, say:  /b/      /at/    and have your child say the word:  bat.   Also, work on having your student generate rhyming words.  These can even be nonsense words as long as they sound alike at the end.

29 October 2016

Halloween Parade

On Monday, October 31st, at 11:00 a.m. we will be holding a Halloween costume parade.  We invite all who would like to participate or watch the parade to come and enjoy this event.  We ask that our students not wear gory costumes or bring any kind of weapon with their costume.  Students are welcome to wear their costumes to school for the entire day.  Again, parents are invited to attend this parade.  Parents may stand along the walls of the kindergarten hall and in the main entrance to view the parade.  Our parade will leave from our kindergarten rooms and go clear around the school, past the front office and then back to our classrooms.

The PM students will join with the school parade beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The afternoon parade will be going around the school and outside around the Sierra Park.  Please join us somewhere along the parade route outside.

Parents may send their child to school in their costume on that day so students will be prepared for the parade.